february 1958


Happy Birthday Keith Haring!

(May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990)

“The public needs art — and it is the responsibility of a ‘self-proclaimed artist’ to realize that the public needs art, and not to make bourgeois art for a few and ignore the masses.”  

 – Keith Haring –


Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990)

“See, when I paint, it is an experience that, at its best, is transcending reality. When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, of the total consciousness, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.”

Tank in front of Fa'iq Hassan’s mural “Peace”, following the February coup, al-Tayaran Square, Baghdad, 1963

دبابة أمام جدارية فائق حسن “السلام"، بعد إنقلاب شباط، ساحة الطيران، بغداد، ١٩٦٣

Scan - George Harrison outside Upton Green, Liverpool, 1950’s, scanned from I Me Mine. Photo © Harrison Family.

It was most likely on 6 February 1958, when The Quarrymen performed at Wilson Hall, Garston, that George Harrison joined The Quarrymen.

“I first saw the Quarrymen when they were playing at the Wilson Hall at Garston. Paul was playing with them and said I should come and see them. I’d probably have gone anyway, just for the night out and to see if I could get in any groups. With knowing Paul, I was introduced to John.
There was this other guitarist in another group that night, Eddie Clayton. He was great. John said if I could play like that, I could join them. I played ‘Raunchy’ for them and John said I could join. I was always playing ‘Raunchy’ for them. We’d be going somewhere on the top of a bus with our guitars and John would shout out, ‘Give us “Raunchy”, George.’” - George Harrison, The Beatles Authorized Biography [x]